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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Delano Seiveright, who represented the Government during Saturday evening's Herb Kerb symposium at Rebel Salute, advised those involved in the budding cannabis industry to develop products rather than depend on just the core plant."It can't be just...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Yesterday morning, a brisk wind tugged at the striped tie dangling from Sanchez's right rear pocket as his exquisite voice, spot-on song selections and synergy with the band repeatedly whipped the large audience at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Barrington Levy sings about a specific place in Prison Oval Rock, and, more recently, Chronixx reflects on his life growing up with Spanish Town Rocking. Both songs are about the old capital, the place Lutan Fyah refers to as St Jago De La Vega, in...

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Below the performers' images, there is a double row of sponsors' logos on the official flyer for Rebel Salute 2017. Despite the number, the Organic H.E.A.R.T. group of companies, organiser and main financial sponsor of the annual event, believes...

Published:Monday | January 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Marion Hall has preformed on Rebel Salute in 2010, when the event was held at the Port Kaiser sports field in St Elizabeth. Then, Lady Saw was presenting an alternative - specific to the performance - to her well-established ultra-raunchy performing...

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The first full week of 2017 is coming up, and what will happen in Jamaican popular music is anyone's guess. However, in previous weeks, there have been songs that are centred around the seventh year of the decade, including Culture's Two Sevens...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

So there I was in Miami, USA, in the latter part of last November, behind the steering wheel of a new model Porsche 718 Boxster (that is the convertible version of the German automaker's two-seater speedster; the hardtop is the Cayman). After...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On December 3, 1976, Bob Marley, Rita Marley, Lewis Griffths and Don Taylor were shot and injured in an attack at 56 Hope Road, St Andrew. OnDecember 3, 2016, in a Smile Jamaica event at the same address, now the Bob Marley Museum, Stephen Marley...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Uprising, released in 1980, was the final Bob Marley and the Wailers album put out by Island Records while Bob Marley was alive. He died on May 11 the following year, and Redemption Song, the final track on the 10-song set, became his personal,...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The Norman Manley Law School Students' Association puts on the dramatic production SILK annually, the legal minds in training taking a turn at the boards before being called to the bar. Earlier in December, this year's production, subtitled Trapped...

Published:Sunday | December 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

After being released in July this year, Stephen 'Ragga' Marley's album, Revelation Pt II: The Fruit of Life, has spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Reggae Charts, peaking at number one. On the listing for the week of December 31, 2016, it closes off...

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

American band Rebelution is the final number one performer on the Billboard Reggae Album Charts for 2016 with Live at Red Rocks. In its seventh week on the chart, the set made a massive leap from seventh position last week to push The Legend Live:...

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Now that the flurry of comment over the dancehall scene on the 2017 Yellow Pages cover has subsided, I hope that we can see past the composition of the image which has caused controversy to what it says about the impact of dancehall on business in...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tony Rebel, whose birthday Rebel Salute celebrates, was the final speaker and penultimate performer in an extensive line-up of both for the launch. Rebel combined both...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Island Records founder Chris Blackwell had high praises for Chronixx at Monday night's launch of Rebel Salute 2017, which was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.The 24th staging of the festival takes place at Grizzly's Plantation Cove,...

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In terms of time, Saturday night's Blast From the Past at Oakton Park, Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, was a contained Christmas firecracker. It was on time. At 8:48, the uniformly dressed Fab Five Band entered the venue and was on stage to strike up at...

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The Meaning of Christmas came easily to Barrington Gardiner, the acrostic flowing "through my brain, into my hands, on the paper", as he tells The Sunday Gleaner.So he wrote a line for each letter of the time of year when little children glow with...

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

For the fourth consecutive year, music students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts received assistance towards their education from Jah Jerry Inc, represented by James Haynes, early in the new academic year. This time...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Ahead of Christmas Day 2016, The Sunday Gleaner takes readers back to an enduring question in song about Santa Claus' route.Tommy Cowan wrote Santa Claus (Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto?) for the supposed season of good cheer more than 30 years ago...

Published:Monday | December 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Stephen 'Ragamuffin' Marley was born on April 20, 1972, so he was four years and seven months old on December 3, 1976, when his father was shot at his 56 Hope Road, St Andrew, home.As young as he was, closing the Smile Jamaica 40th anniversary...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The venue has been changed from the accustomed Independence Park in Black River, but the Boom GT Taylor Extravaganza is staying in St Elizabeth for its 2016 staging on Christmas Day.Radio personality, sound system owner and emcee GT Taylor told The...

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 11:02 PMMel Cooke

City lights are a standard attraction of airplane travel after sunset. Still, I never tire of the illumination of Kingston and St Andrew or the runway lights of the Norman Manley International Airport on an incoming night flight, which indicate I am...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On December 6, the exhibition, Curating Music: Building a National Collection, will come to an end at the Institute of Jamaica, East Street, Kingston. While the exhibition will not be transported as a whole, some of the exhibits - primarily musical...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As he walks into the building at the Institute of Jamaica on East Street, Kingston, where the current Jamaica Music Museum exhibition is housed, a line creases the brow of the museum's director/curator, Herbie Miller. It is not caused by the change...

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow evening at the Students Union, University of the West Indies, Mona, there will be a party to preview an event which takes place on the campus next February. And while music will also be involved in the Ganja Extravaganja from February 3-4,...

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